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Margherita Pizza, fully cooked and being cut into slices
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1 slice

Margherita Pizza

Recipe Type

Our margherita pizza uses basil in the sauce and as a topping.



  • 1 pizza dough (Recipe: Whole Wheat Pizza Dough)
  • 5 tablespoons basil pesto (Recipe: Basil Pesto)
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 2-3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade


Prepare homemade or store-bought pizza dough per instructions. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Shape the dough onto a lightly greased pizza or sheet pan, spread the pesto on the dough, then top with shredded mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt. Bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is baked and cheese is melted. Top with basil just before serving.

Dietary and Nutrition


One medium-sized tomato (2½ inches in diameter) has 22 calories, 0 grams (g) fat, 1 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fiber and 6 milligrams sodium. Tomatoes also provide a variety of vitamins, including vitamins A and C, and minerals such as potassium.

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This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.